Mike Anderson joined Kosmos Energy in March 2015 as Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Government Relations, and Security. Mr. Anderson has extensive leadership experience in several areas of government. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge gaining a double first in law. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1984 and served in Moscow, Geneva and New York, among other postings. He was also Chief of Staff to two Chiefs of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). In 2003, he moved into leadership roles in the UK home Government. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from 2003-2006, became the first Director General for Climate Change in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and then in the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2007-2009, and served most recently as Director General within the Home Office where he was responsible for international policy and strategy as well as for Her Majesty's Passport Office and immigration policy.
David serves as Chief Executive Officer of Verra where he oversees all aspects of the organization, including ensuring the financial and operational health of the organization and that the organization’s certification programs meet high quality integrity and transparency standards. In recent years David’s focus has been to expand the scope of Verra, broadening it from an organization dedicated exclusively to certifying carbon reductions to one that also identifies and develops other standards frameworks for a sustainable world. In this vein, David works to ensure that the standards Verra identifies, develops and manages facilitate the flow of capital to enable countries, the private sector and civil society achieve and demonstrate their climate and sustainable development goals. David works closely with the Verra Board to chart the future course of the organization, and spearheads outreach to government, foundation, business and environmental leaders around the world.
A world-renowned expert on climate change, David began his work in this sector when he worked for ICF Consulting in 1994 providing technical advice to Latin American countries developing their GHG inventories and serving on the team that pioneered verification procedures for emission reduction projects. In 1999 David joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Mexico as its global climate change advisor overseeing the development of an energy-sector grid emission factor and baseline studies for forest protection efforts. In 2003, David joined EcoSecurities in Oxford (UK) where he led a joint venture to develop landfill gas-to-energy projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). At EcoSecurities David also spearheaded the company’s efforts in the voluntary market, helping to identify key infrastructure and procedural needs that the voluntary carbon market lacked in the early days of its existence.
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Policy, with concentrations in Environmental Policy and International Development, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Originally born and raised in Mexico City, David now resides in Bethesda, MD with his wife and two children.
Robert is a Managing Director and one of our Founding Partners. Prior to starting GreenFront, Robert was Head of BB&T’s Energy Investment Banking group, with oversight for 100+ corporate clients that spanned the entire Energy industry value chain. Under his leadership, BB&T participated in over 300 capital markets and advisory transactions within the Energy space. His experience ranges from Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas (upstream/midstream), and Metals & Mining, all of which complement his increased focus within the Alternative Energy arena. Before BB&T, Robert was a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Energy Investment Banking group in New York City. Early in his career, Robert worked for an environmental law firm in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Robert earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and he holds a B.A. degree from Sewanee: The University of the South.
Reid Brooks is a Director in Opportune’s Complex Financial Reporting practice. Reid has over ten years of experience with technical accounting providing clients across the energy sectors with technical research and SEC reporting assistance. Reid currently leads Opportune’s Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting implementations at numerous companies across the various energy sectors with a focus on issues specifically affecting upstream and midstream oil and gas clients. Before joining Opportune, Reid held positions of increasing responsibly at ONEOK, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reid is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Oklahoma and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Steve is a PhD physicist who co-founded Kairos Aerospace in 2014. Prior to founding Kairos, Steve was a research manager at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. He has worked on a variety of NASA- and DARPA-funded programs, including cryogenic detector programs, solar physics experiments and radiation modeling for spacecraft.
David is an Executive Vice President and a Lockton Partner with the Lockton Companies. His Global Energy & Marine practice focuses on delivering risk finance as well as risk mitigation and management counsel to his clients inclusive of traditional and alternative insurance and non-insurance based solutions. These solutions are designed to address a company’s unique contractual, operational, financial, transactional, information technology, intellectual property, environmental, regulatory, reputation, healthcare and human capital risks while promoting the execution of their corporate objectives and earnings expansion. David is very active supporter of the oil and gas industry, currently serving as an Executive Board Member of the National Offshore Industries Association (NOIA), an Advisory Board Member of the Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA) and an active member and financial supporter of the AESC, AWO, DEPA, EIC, IADC, ICOTA, IPAA, LOGA, NACD, NMOGA, NOIA, OMSA, PBPA, PESA, SPE & TXOGA as well as OTC, PBIOS and LAGCOE David is the co-founder of Oilfield 360 Media Company and its “Oilfield 360” podcast as well as the founder, lead organizer and Chairman of the Energy ESG Council and founder and lead organizer of the Senior Energy Executive Discussion Series (SEEDS) forum. David is also hyper-engaged in the Houston community, serving as a Board Member for Small Steps and L.E.A.D as well as an Advisory Board Member to the Insurance & Risk Management degree program at the University of Houston - Downtown College of Business, for which he was the principal catalyst, founder and Chairman of in 2009. David is also a volunteer and financial supporter of numerous organizations focused on children’s education, healthcare and welfare, our combat veterans and wildlife conservation. Three things most people don’t know about David is that he is (1) a pediatric cancer survivor (Stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma), (2) he was a proficient hockey player and (3) that he was a cowboy – both a horseback riding and roping ranch cowboy as well as a rodeo cowboy (team roping, calf roping and steer-wrestling).
John R. Durand is President and Chief Sustainability Officer of XRI Holdings, LLC, the water midstream portfolio company of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners. In his role, John oversees XRI’s commercial, ESG and governmental relations functions. XRI operates approximately 300 miles of large diameter pipeline in Texas and New Mexico, transporting produced and non-potable water throughout the Midland and Delaware Basins. XRI is the leading produced water treatment and recycling company in the Permian Basin, reusing approximately 200 million barrels of produced water annually.
Prior to joining XRI, Mr. Durand was a founding partner of WaterBridge Resources, LLC where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, John served on the management team and startup of Pioneer Water Management LLC, where he oversaw the company’s commercial, logistical and supply sourcing functions. His career spans more than three decades of upstream, midstream and downstream experience in the oil, gas and water sectors, along with experience in the development and construction of natural gas and renewable energy power projects. Notably, John has negotiated landmark public/private partnership agreements in the water space with three Texas municipalities (Midland, Odessa and Fort Stockton).
In addition to his role on the XRI board, Mr. Durand serves on the board of the Energy ESG Council. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and sits on the Alliance’s Executive Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Produced Water Society where he serves on its Technical Committee. Additionally, Mr. Durand serves on the Environment and Safety Committee of the IPAA and on the Energy Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Dallas.
John holds a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Louisiana.
Emily Easley is a seasoned solar executive, starting her energy career in 2003 in Washington, DC at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) then pivoting to the Smart Electric Power Alliance in 2005, where she worked at both organizations with hundreds of corporate, utility and finance leaders building the foundation for today’s rapidly expanding solar market. Emily moved to the private sector in 2011, launching her consulting practice, ERE Strategies, where she worked with oil and gas companies to accelerate their knowledge and business strategies in the renewable energy space.
Emily led the business strategy for Foundation Energy Company for 3 years, overseeing the acquisition of 2 solar projects, and the creation of NOVUS Clean Energy, LLC in 2019. Emily is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Human Organizational Development (HOD
Whitney joined TGS in 2014 as Corporate Compliance Director and was appointed to Vice President, Compliance, in August 2019. She gained additional responsibility for TGS’ ESG program before becoming Executive Vice President, Compliance & ESG, in February 2021. Her background includes almost 15 years of legal experience, with significant knowledge on implementing and managing holistic corporate compliance programs that address various issues including anticorruption, trade controls, human rights and data privacy. She previously served as compliance counsel for a publicly traded engineering, procurement and construction company that served energy, aerospace, data science and other markets worldwide, as an associate at a global law firm in private practice, and as a law clerk to a federal district judge. She received her JD degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and her BA in Public Communication with University Honors from American University.
Dr. David Ferris is President and Chief Executive Officer of Brownstone Energy, a private oil and gas firm. Prior to his current role, Ferris served in various positions for Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum and Crawley Petroleum. He attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering, a Master of Business Administration in energy finance and a Master of Science in natural gas engineering and management. He earned his doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. Ferris is a former Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, and serves on the board of directors of SportForward, Global Sports Partners and The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma.
Alanna Fishman is a subject matter expert on Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategic planning where she specializes on the nexus between business, energy and sustainability. Alanna’s work focuses on developing risk mitigation strategies for clients to enhance financial performance, grow shareholder value and capitalize on operational excellence. She leverages road mapping, project management and communications skills to deliver benchmarking, materiality assessments and stakeholder engagement to clients. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Alanna worked as the director of policy and social responsibility at HBW Resources. She started her career as a project manager at IHS Markit and then moved to Newmont Mining as a global business analyst where she led organizational change management and stakeholder engagement strategies. Alanna holds a master’s degree in global economics and energy from Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Alanna is based in the firm’s Denver, Colorado office.
Matt Handford is a principal at Ernst & Young LLP based in Houston, Texas. His areas of expertise focus on climate risk, decarbonization and corporate value. He has significant experience developing and implementing programs targeted at improving business performance in areas such as operational strategy and reporting, ESG performance, greenhouse gas (GHG) risk, supply chain emissions and carbon accounting and management systems. He has particular understanding of transactional impacts on GHG portfolios and GHG attributes of assets, HSE and sustainability issues in the energy sector. He is an experienced carbon risk professional, having worked across US, Europe, Middle East and Africa with large multinational companies and governments to understand GHG pricing externalities impact. Matt has been based in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the US serving clients over the last 15 years in a variety of roles relating to investor based ESG performance, climate risk, environmental management, strategy, safety performance and social license to operate, with an emphasis on disclosures, mergers, acquisitions and operational transformation.
Mr. Heard has over a decade of experience in the energy industry, founding companies, leading business development and providing legal counsel. As an entrepreneur, he has started retail electricity, energy infrastructure and exploration and production companies. Benjamin led business development efforts in North America for Centrica plc, with a focus on energy technology. He also worked for Centrica in the company’s general counsel’s office. He began his career at Bracewell LLP in the energy transactional and regulatory practice group. Benjamin has a juris doctor degree from Emory University and a bachelor of science, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.
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CHRISTINA KITCHENS is the principal and managing partner of 3P Energy Capital. She leads the firm’s strategic focus in energy alternative capital, business development, and its advisory services, products, and engagements. Prior to 3P, Christina built and lead energy finance divisions with over twenty years of upstream and midstream finance experience. She has successfully closed $11Bn in direct transactions and $80Bn of debt facility originations.
3P offers bespoke energy capital solutions, creditor restructuring services, and advisory services on finance products and credit platform formation. The firm provides business development for strategic energy debt purchases, refinancing and originations for specialized funds having current aggregate committed capital exceeding $750MM.
Scobie Mackay is a Managing Director within the Commodities & Global Markets (CGM) Business at Macquarie, based in Houston.
Amongst other things, he is working with desks in various centers on the build-out of Macquarie’s international voluntary carbon offset business. He joined Macquarie in 2015 in Singapore in the Commodities Markets & Finance team looking at structured physical commodity and structured commodity-linked financing transactions before moving to lead the Supply Chains Solutions team in Houston in early 2017.
Prior to joining Macquarie Scobie headed the Commodity Traders & Agribusiness Trade Finance Team for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Scobie had been a lawyer before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2010, holding positions with Norton Rose Fulbright in their Paris office and, earlier, the Australian Federal Government in both international and domestic law roles.
Scobie is an admitted solicitor in both England and Wales and Australia and holds Master of Laws (International Law), LLB (Hon) and BSc degrees from the Australian National University and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Oxford.
Focuses on clean energy and environmental issues.
Works with clients on issues related to greenhouse gas mitigation, carbon pricing, regulatory compliance and international negotiations.
Advises clients across the globe on designing environmental social and governance systems and setting sustainability targets.
Ken Markowitz advises leading domestic and international companies and organizations on a comprehensive range of law and policy issues in relation to environmental governance and clean energy. He advises on:
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Providing counsel to clients from multiple sectors on greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, including on carbon pricing strategies, target setting and participation in initiatives such as the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
Advising clients on the Renewable Fuels Standards, including processes to register cellulosic and advanced renewable fuel pathways, preparing regulatory comments and advocating before EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), reporting and attestation, compliance and enforcement.
Negotiating comprehensive settlement with CARB, including innovative mitigation plan to settle enforcement of alleged violations of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.
Negotiating DOE dismissal of all claims against an appliance manufacturer in multiple enforcement actions alleging violations of energy-efficiency regulations for consumer and commercial products.
Advising clients from a variety sectors on voluntary carbon offset strategies.
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Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies. He is also the director of the Masters of Energy Economics program, holds adjunct professor appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is the chair of the faculty advisory board at the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University. Medlock is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, holds a fellowship at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines. In 2012-2013, Medlock held the prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He teaches advanced courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field. Medlock is a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, which is aimed at assessing the future of international natural gas trade. He has published numerous scholarly articles in his primary areas of interest: natural gas markets, energy commodity price relationships, gasoline markets, transportation, national oil company behavior, economic development and energy demand, and energy use and the environment. He has testified multiple times on Capitol Hill on U.S. oil and natural gas exports, has spoken at OPEC, and is frequently asked to speak about global and domestic energy issues.
Medlock is the past vice president for conferences for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), and previously served as vice president for academic affairs. In 2001, he won (joint with Ron Soligo) the International Association for Energy Economics Award for Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. In 2011, he was given the USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award, and in 2013 he accepted on behalf of the Center for Energy Studies the USAEE’s Adelman-Frankel Award. In 2019, Medlock was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of the Education of Future Energy Leaders by the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation. He is also an active member of the American Economic Association and is an academic member of the National Petroleum Council. Medlock has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy modeling efforts.
Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in May 2000.
Cody serves as Co-CEO & General Counsel. He received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2000 and an M.S. in 2001 before earning his J.D. with honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2005. Cody has been with the Company since 2005, beginning in the field as a title agent and assisting in the acquisition of oil and gas leases and pipeline easements before moving to the Company’s corporate office to serve as General Counsel. He assists in the management of the Company and coordinates all legal and corporate matters, including title review and mineral and lease purchase matters. Cody and his wife, Emily, have two daughters.
Over forty years leading the North American Energy platforms of three global corporate and investment banks.
Serving 20 years on the board and as Honorary Chairman of the French American Chamber of Commerce as well as Chairing its Energy Committee.
A Founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Private Directors Association’s Houston Chapter.
Member of the Houston Producers Forum, Houston Energy Finance Group, several charitable and non-profit organizations.
Dan Pickering is the Chief Investment Officer of Pickering Energy Partners (PEP). PEP manages client assets via energy strategies focused primarily on public markets and private equity. Prior to PEP, Mr. Pickering served as the President of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. and Chief Investment Officer of TPH Investment Management. TPH Asset Management managed both public and private equity strategies for institutional and individual clients. Dan has spent 24 years as an energy portfolio manager, researcher and analyst, first at Fidelity Investments (where he managed ~$1 billion of energy sector funds), then as Head of Research at Simmons & Company and as the founding partner of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. He currently serves as the portfolio manager of the PEP Energy Equity Opportunities Fund and on the Investment Committee of PEP’s Energy Co-Investment and research-based strategies. Dan grew up in Missouri, has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Missouri School of Science and Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Gabriel has over a decade of experience in oil and gas environmental services industry. He is currently the President & CEO of Milestone Environmental Services, LLC. Prior to leading Milestone, Gabriel worked as an Operating Partner with Intervale Capital, an oilfield-focused private equity fund with $1.2 billion in assets under management, and a key investor in Milestone. He was previously the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc., a national provider of environmental services to the E&P industry. At R360, Gabriel orchestrated the strategy and mergers and acquisitions work which led to the formation and rapid growth of the company and directly managed Williston Basin operations. After R360 completed a $1.3 billion sale to Waste Connections, Inc., Gabriel assumed work with the buyer to help with the integration of the R360 business into Waste Connections. Prior to R360's formation in 2010, he was an investment professional with Three Cities Research, Inc., a mid-market private equity firm, where he was principally responsible for US Liquids of LA, LP, a regional oilfield waste treatment and disposal provider in Louisiana and Texas.
Earlier in his career, Gabriel worked as an Associate Equity Research Analyst covering the global chemical industry at UBS Investment Bank, as a Petroleum Practice Fellow with McKinsey & Company a global strategy consultancy, and as an Associate at Purvin & Gertz, a Houston-based oil and gas consultancy. Gabriel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gabriel lives in Houston with his wife Mona, two young daughters, and two Great Danes. He also is an elected member of the Advisory Board of the Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA).
Dan Romito runs point on business development and product strategy for Nasdaq’s Corporate Advisory business. During his tenure at Nasdaq, he has developed several key technology solutions and services under the Advisory repertoire. Most notably, he has helped launch and commercialize Nasdaq’s investor behavioral analytics platform, the ESG Advisory Service, Insight360 Analytics module, the Activist Diagnostic, Capital Deployment Scenario Analysis, Advisory’s Small Cap Targeting Service and the Biotech Targeting Program. He is also the former head of the Strategic Capital Intelligence team, a comprehensive behavioral investor-targeting program founded on Nasdaq Advisory’s unique proprietary meetings analytics data, which he co-launched as well. For the last five years, Dan has advised numerous global clients on optimizing and implementing ESG-related matters within their respective corporate strategy. His experience and research on the effects of Index Ownership, Shareholder Activism and ESG-focused investing has been featured within several different investment and finance panels across North America, Europe & APAC. Dan’s several thought leadership pieces on ESG, Shareholder Activism and Index Investing have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Bloomberg, Global Investor Magazine and IR Magazine. He received a BA from the University of Chicago, an MBA in Finance from DePaul University, is a Level 3 CFA Candidate and is an adjunct professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Sonia Scarselli was appointed Vice President Exploration and Appraisal in August 2019. Since joining BHP in 2012, Sonia has served in several leadership roles including Head of Algeria, Exploration and Appraisal Planner and Manager Exploration Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been heavily involved in the integration of geoscience across BHP, working with the Geoscience Centre of Excellence on how the company explores for and characterise resource.
Before joining BHP, Sonia started her career in the oil industry at ExxonMobil UK in a number of exploration and geology roles. She holds a master’s degree in Geological Science from Università degli studi di Perugia, a PhD in Geology from ETH Zurich and an MBA from the London Business School.
Dilanka Seimon leads the sales and marketing team responsible for marketing BHP’s Oil, Gas, LNG and LPG production. His team is also responsible for diesel procurement globally and for procurement of power and management of carbon credits for BHP’s assets in Australia. Before joining BHP in 2013, Dilanka worked at Southwest Energy, Wells Fargo Commodities, and Sequent Energy Management. He covered various roles including structuring, trading and business development. Outside of work Dilanka enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, and volunteering with various non-profit organization.
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Amy is a Managing Director in Opportune’s Complex Financial Reporting group with 20 years of experience in transaction advisory and reporting. Amy leads teams that support executive management in understanding the structure and implications of complex transactions such as IPOs and acquisitions. She has strong technical skills and analytical ability and is the firm leader on all U.S. GAAP advisory matters. Prior to joining Opportune, Amy managed the financial reporting group for Apache Corporation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was an audit manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ energy practice.
Amy received her B.B.A. in Accounting and M.S. in Information Systems and Accounting (MISA) from The University of Tulsa and she is a CPA in the State of Oklahoma.
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Mr. Wicklund brings to Stephens more than 40 years of expertise in oilfield services. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse where, as a Senior Oilfield Services Analyst, he managed a team covering 41 companies. His extensive background includes operational and consultative experience working with major global and domestic oil companies as well as portfolio management for energy funds, equity research, and institutional sales and trading.
As Managing Director, Dale has leadership responsibility for Halliburton Labs. Dale is a member of the Halliburton Labs Advisory Board, and is passionate about our mission to advance cleaner, affordable energy. Dale most recently served as vice president for Halliburton’s specialty chemicals business. Dale joined Halliburton in 2014, after several years at a leading global chemicals and materials science company. Dale holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School